Published: November, 2012| Dr. Cris Sullivan

Most domestic violence service programs engage in various forms of advocacy. Advocacy involves more than providing emotional support and referrals - it is a distinct activity that involves working to change policies, practices and conditions that are negatively impacting people. Some domestic violence advocates work on a wide range of areas with survivors, while others focus on one particular system, such as the welfare, housing, or legal system. Few advocacy interventions have been rigorously evaluated, and the belief in their effectiveness has largely been based on anecdotal evidence. This is problematic as more and more as advocates are being asked to discuss programming and “evidence based practices.” This is problematic as more and more funders are pushing “evidence based practice.” In this webinar, Cris Sullivan reviews the empirical evidence behind providing advocacy services for domestic violence survivors. There are a number of studies that have shown how effective advocacy can be, and these findings can be used to justify funding such services.